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      Member HGF Gold Member dosborn's Avatar
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      I would take VA's advice on the Springfield 1911. You can get the mil spec that is a great starting point, and can be had for around $600+/-. They also make a loaded model that has a few more frills for another $200.

      My SA has been outstanding after over 2k rounds by me, and I bought it used. The only mods I have made (if you call it that) is a new set of Aluma Grips and a little anti-slip tape.

      Edit to add: Had no idea this was a 4 month old (to the date) thread. Should have paid closer attention.


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      Can't say much for Taurus semi autos. I have been buying handguns from the same dealer for 20 years. I was looking at the Taurus .45 ACP just so I could have one of the breed. He straight up told me not to get one, as Taurus semis lead the list of returns for defects at his store. I ended up with a Springfield Champion and it was a fine gun. Of course, I traded it in a year later for a Beretta 92, which is a keeper for me. 1911s are really cool classic pieces, but I don't collect guns and only keep the one's I am 99.9% happy with. Now if someone was to give me a 3" Kimber...
      Regards, Eli

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      Taurus is like Forrest Gumps box of chocolates..."you never know what your gonna get." Some guys get Taurus guns that are acurate, reliable and durable. Many don't. I have a Taurus .38 snubbie. It's OK, but it came full of bead blast media. Thank you, Taurus QA. That said, it works fine. I will not be pushing my luck further.

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      Get a Les Baer or Ed Brown and you wont ever need another 1911..

      I know thats a lotta dough, probably more than you are looking to spend..

      Ok and for a cheaper model, try a Springfield "Loaded" or one of the base Kimbers if you can find one for under a grand.. or the Remington R1 would also be a good choice.

      People that own Taurus seem to like them... But i have heard from a couple gun shops that they send more Taurus back than anything else..
      Taurus have improved there looks but I cant say about there reliability cause i never owned one.. they are cheaper than most.. I think you get what you pay for.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Kharuger View Post
      When I talk to truly knowledgeable experienced people in the biz who make their living dealing guns and their performance, the general slant about Taurus is about basic scientific metallurgy. The South Americans simply aren't as advanced in this field as the leading industrial countries are. 2nd rate metals = 2nd rate guns.
      I had all but decided to buy a Taurus, until I happened across Clark Custom guns site. While checking out
      their drop in conversion to a 460 Rowland, I saw where the Taurus was on their "NOT RECOMMENDED" list.
      Apparently because of their poor metallurgy.

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      I own a Taurus. I've read a lot by folks who ... heard from a friend who once saw a ... crowd. Now, I prefer to own quality firearms, S&W, Sig, Glock, FN, and Beretta. I wasn't any type of fan of the cocked n locked idealogy. But I had to have a SAO in my inventory. So, I held my nose and spent the money for an inexpensive ambi-safety Taurus. Well, that Taurus converted me to a 1911 guy. I've got well over 7,000 rounds downrange without a single hiccup. Since the Taurus, I've also gotten 2 Kimber's, a Springer, and the GSG .22 cal version. I also put a few hundred rounds downrange with a Les Baer.

      I hate to say it, but the Taurus has the best trigger out of them all.

      Now, I've met many who have had Taurus issues, but none have had an issue with a Taurus 1911, and I shoot every week with a few Taurus 1911 shooters.

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      I've owned 3 Taurus 1911s and they fall into the OK category - if you get them for the right price. All of mine were acquired used and the most expensive was $420 for a stainless in very good condition. Good shooters for the most part but I did experience the ambi safety issue that's widely reported. I'd never pay retail for one nor would I ever buy a Taurus polymer gun, but as range guns they're OK. I gave the stainless one to my son and he enjoys shooting it. My keeper 1911s are all Springers...

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